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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – George Avetian, D.O., a family medicine physician, has joined the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center team in Luzerne County. 

Dr. Avetian earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine after completing undergraduate studies in biology at Villanova University. He completed his residency at the former Metropolitan Hospital (now Springfield Hospital) in Springfield, Pa. 

A Pennsylvania native, Dr. Avetian joins the 65 Forward team following his time practicing family medicine in suburban Philadelphia. Dr. Avetian was part of the Department of Family Medicine at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and maintained a private primary care practice in Upper Darby since 1983. He has also served since 2011 as a senior medical advisor to Delaware County. 

“I’m excited to join a unique program like 65 Forward that is helping to make health easier for people,” said Dr. Avetian. “Having longer appointments makes it easier to develop strong patient relationships, and those make it easier for me to make sure patients are getting the care and resources they need to stay healthy.”

Dr. Avetian is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Avetian is currently seeing patients at the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center in Kingston but will move to the new Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre when it opens in October. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Avetian or tour a Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center, call 866-807-2849. To learn more about Geisinger 65 Forward, visit

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Dr. George Avetian
Dr. George Avetian

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